Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis
Psychoanalysis is sometimes described as the talking cure. It is an intensive treatment process that requires active participation rather than being something prescribed. Treatment sessions occur at a regular time, between 2-3 times weekly for psychotherapy and 4 and 5 times weekly in psychoanalysis. The relationship with the therapist provides a therapeutic setting in which the individual can develop their understanding of themselves, including their patterns of behaviour, by examining their internal world. The relationship with the therapist is important, as it provides an opportunity to examine ways of thinking and relating in the here and now, as well as taking account of developmental factors.
Who can be treated?
People who are experiencing any of the following may be suitable for psychoanalytic therapy:
- Difficulty in relationships
- Eating disorders
- Gender Dysphoria
- Personality problems
- Physical symptoms which are medically unexplained
- Sexual difficulties
Psychoanalytic therapy is not suitable for everybody and if, after the initial consultation, psychotherapy is thought to be unsuitable, then other forms of treatment might be recommended.